The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) stated that agrees with the results of the opinion issued today by the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) on the identification of the normalista Christian Alfonso Rodriguez Telumbre, disappeared since September 2014 along with 42 classmates from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.
After analyzing the opinion of the genetics laboratory of the Medical University of Innsbruck on the remains recovered in the Barranca La Carniceria, Ejido Cocula, Guerrero, EAAF supported the genetic match. He also announced that he participated in the analysis and selection of the samples that were sent to the laboratory in Austria.
“As EAAF, we support the results sent from the University of Innsbruck. These results are extremely painful for the relatives of the young Christian Alfonso Rodriguez Telumbre and for the families of the other students.. Hopefully these new investigations continue a real process. The EAAF will continue working on the investigation with the families of the 43 students, their legal representatives and the Special Unit for the Ayotzinapa Case of the FGR, ”said Mercedes Doretti, founding member and director for Central and North America of the EAAF.
The organization validated the results of the diligence in the ravine despite the fact that it could not participate directly: in November 2019, its professionals in the area were on medical leave for a health condition. Those who were present were representatives of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez AC Human Rights Center and the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center.
EAAF experts participated in the study of all the evidence recovered, together with the members of the General Coordination of Expert Services of the FGR. They were also present during the transfer and delivery to the laboratory of the selected samples.
In 2014, Christian Rodriguez was in his first year at the normal school and was 19 years old. The bone rest by means of which it was identified corresponds to a bone in his right foot, which was located between November 25 and 26, 2019, during the search carried out by the Special Unit for the Case, led by Omar Gomez Trejo.
In addition to Christian’s skeletal remains, they were located more than 100 bone fragments severely fragmented and altered by exposure to high temperatures, scattered within an approximate radius of 200 meters. According to experts, these remains correspond to at least two people.
Of this total, only three bone samples could be selected to be sent to the Innsbruck laboratory in Austria. One of these samples could not be analyzed due to a lack of sufficient genetic material. An insufficient genetic profile was obtained from the second sample for conclusive results. The third sample yielded a complete genetic profile, with at least a billion more likely to belong to the missing student than to an unrelated person with his mother, father and brother.
In addition to endorsing the results reported by the Innsbruck Medical University, the EAAF made a complementary opinion, with additional statistical calculations on the probability of kinship and population genetics, through which it determined a percentage higher than 99.99% of relationship between the identified remains and the family of the normalista Christian Alfonso Rodriguez Telumbre.
According to the statement issued this Tuesday, July 7, the families of the disappeared normalistas were informed of the result by the EAAF itself, who acts as an expert witness for the relatives, as well as for their legal representatives: the PRODH Center and the Tlachinollan Center. The Special Investigation and Litigation Unit for the Ayotzinapa Case and the Undersecretary for Human Rights also reported the finding to the relatives of Ayotzinapa.
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